Jamey Johnson’s Guitar at No. 1

Jamey Johnson picked up the first No. 1 album of his career this week as The Guitar Song debuted at the top slot on the Billboard Country Albums chart. In fact, it finished at No. 4 on the all-genre Billboard 200, too — particularly satisfying because it’s a project that was extremely risky. In an era when album sales are sliding, Jamey crammed 25 songs into two CDs. Since it addresses themes of darkness and redemption, he released it as a black album and a white one. While his record company is ecstatic about the first-week sales, Jamey plays down the accomplishment. Read More

Jamey Johnson Puts Traditional Country to the Test

In an era where many consumers buy their music one track at a time, Jamey Johnson has ramped up an old-fashioned idea. He’s not just releasing an album today — he’s putting out a two-disc CD. And for fans who want to go really retro, he’s also making it available as a three-disc vinyl album. All of that’s appropriate, because Jamey’s drawing on some old ideas about country with The Guitar Song. It includes remakes of songs originated by Mel Tillis, Vern Gosdin, Kris Kristofferson and Keith Whitley. And Jamey did it with an old-fashioned attitude. It was recorded as live as possible in the studio. The recordings were informal, much like the way he sings his songs when he takes them on the road. Read More

Jamey Johnson Doubles Down on Next Album

When he released That Lonesome Song in 2008, Jamey Johnson emerged as one of country’s best-acclaimed acts, earning a Grammy nomination for the album and picking up scads of positive reviews for his Waylon Jennings-inspired sound. Within just a few months of that project’s release, Jamey started recording again, and the wait for the follow-up will soon be over. He’s got a double-CD package called The Guitar Song coming Sept. 14 with 25 songs covering more than two hours. Read More